How to Repel Mosquitoes with Plants

It is that time of year for family fun, vacations, soaking up the sun, and mosquitoes. Stop the mosquito bites and start planting! Enjoy your time outdoors with natural mosquito control solutions like plants, mulch, and more.

Do plants actually repel mosquitoes?

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Plants that repel mosquitoes are like a little gift from Mother Nature. Working as natural mosquito repellents, their strong fragrance and essential oils are the key to keeping these pests away.

Incorporate these plants in your flower bed or create a container garden. Container gardens with mosquito repellent plants are a great way to protect seating areas or patios where you and your family spend the most time.

Check out our video for inspiration on your next container garden, full of fragrant, repelling plants.

Pick up your Calloway’s Premium Potting Soil, a beautiful container, and your plants at our store nearest you. Choose a container that will provide proper drainage for healthy root development. If you need any tips on how to create a container garden, learn more here!

What is the best plant to keep mosquitoes away?

Luckily, there are many great and low maintenance varieties of plants to choose from. These lovely plants and their delightful scent repel mosquitoes, naturally.


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Marigolds bring a pop of color and delicate texture to the garden composition. They have bold, ball-shaped flowers with fragrant ferny leaves that will remain dark green in color throughout the season. These beauties need partial shade to full sun and will grow to about 12 inches tall at maturity.

Marigolds work fantastically as the thriller plant and are the perfect focal point. Paired with a neutral or contrasting color of pottery, this container garden will dazzle in your outdoor space.


Their distinct scent deters mosquitoes, and they also work as an insect repellent for many other critters. Try incorporating these into your vegetable garden for an added plant protection.



Lavender is another great plant to prevent mosquitoes from entering your space.  Lavender needs full sun to thrive and is perfect for our Texas climate. Once established, Lavender is a tough, drought tolerant plant. This is a fantastic choice for the “Filler” plant in your container garden with its lush, silvery-green foliage and texture.

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Does Lavender really repel mosquitoes? Lavender works as a mosquito repellent because of its vibrant fragrance which comes from the essential oils that can be found on its leaves.

Citronella Plant

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Citronella Plant, also known as Citronella Grass, Citrosa or the Mosquito Plant, is full of interesting, ferny, and fragrant leaves that are reminiscent of citronella. Its dense foliage and large flowing leaves make it a perfect “Spiller” plant, performing best in full sun to partial shade.

citronella plant

This lemon scented plant repels insects like mosquitoes by masking the scent of mosquito attractants.



Do rosemary plants repel mosquitoes? Yes! Rosemary is a low maintenance herb with a strong scent. The woody fragrance repels insects and mosquitoes.

herbs that repel mosquitoes

Compliment your container garden with the beautiful, needle-like leaves and texture. This is another great “Filler” plant option for your container garden.

What scents keep mosquitoes away?

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Plants like lavender, rosemary, and citrosa are beautiful and easy to grow with a strong fragrance. Another scent and natural mosquito repellent is cedar. Cedar can be added to any landscape easily and even complete the look of your garden.

Cedar Mulch

Calloway’s Cedar Mulch provides an elegant red-gold finish that is eye-catching and functional. Mulch benefits your garden by reducing water use by preventing evaporation and allowing the plants to absorb water at a steady rate. It also regulates soil temperature protecting delicate root systems and reduces weed growth. It also deters mosquitoes and other insects.

Good Natured™ Natural Cedar Warrior

Good Natured™ Natural Cedar Warrior is a safe and effective way to control insects, including mosquitoes, ants, chinch bugs, fleas, and more. Cedar Warrior is a natural alternative to safeguarding your lawn, garden, and family from pests. Safe for pets and the environment, it is easy to use with a pleasant smell!

Other Mosquito Control Solutions

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Want even more protection? Incorporate these mosquito control solutions into your outdoor space.

The Patio Egg™

The Patio Egg™

The Patio Egg™ is an easy, safe, and effective way to help with repelling mosquitoes and other biting insects from your outdoor living areas. With its cute egg-shaped design, made of a strong ceramic, the natural fragrance derived from natural essential oils repels mosquitoes with its Deet-free scent. Great for tabletops, or hanging in areas like entryways, under table umbrellas, or patio overhangs with its stylish nest of netting. With refill solutions readily available, this effective product is safe around your pets and family.

Skeeter Screen™ Yard Sticks™

Skeeter Screen™ Yard Sticks™

Skeeter Screen™ Yard Sticks™ are made from a DEET-free formula of essential oils used to deter mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, and more. They come in easy to use incense sticks that you simply light to begin up to 4 hours of continuous protection. Place into containers, buckets, outdoor vases, or stake them directly in the ground and create a safe zone from mosquitoes.

BioAdvanced® Mosquito Killer FizzTabs

BioAdvanced® Mosquito Killer FizzTabs

BioAdvanced® Mosquito Killer FizzTabs stop mosquitoes at the source. The FizzTabs can be placed in areas of standing water, bird baths, ponds, and more for effective mosquito control. Made to control mosquito larvae which potentially could transmit zika or west nile, this is the only larvicide that stops all 4 larval stages of mosquitoes! With a patented bi-layer tablet, this slow release formula dissolves over 60 days penetrating the water from the top to the bottom, for constant coverage.

DynaTrap® Insect Traps

DynaTrap® Insect Traps

DynaTrap® Insect Traps attract and stop insects without chemicals or pesticides. Engineered with 3-way protection using UV fluorescent light, DynaTrap® is odor free, all-weather durable, and involves no zapping! It traps flying insects including mosquitoes, biting flies, Asian beetles, wasps, hornets, yellow jackets, moths, stink bugs, and more! Plug it in, turn it on, and maintain your outdoor space. Also available are varieties perfect for eliminating insects inside your home.

Summit Mosquito Bits®

Summit Mosquito Bits®

Summit Mosquito Bits® are easy to use and effective mosquito repellent! They provide a protective punch, turning water to a void of future mosquitoes. They also to control Fungus Gnats in plant beds or pots. Mosquito Bits can be applied to aquatic spaces and water gardens and also can either be sprinkled on the soils surface or mixed with potting soil. Use in flowerbeds, containers, or anywhere mosquito larvae might be.

Summit Mosquito & Gnat Barrier

Summit Mosquito & Gnat Barrier

Summit Mosquito & Gnat Barrier comes with a convenient hose-end sprayer for a fast and effective application. Spray your yard, patio, plants, and flowerbeds to eliminate mosquitoes and other pests. Mosquito & Gnat Barrier contains permethrin, a residual insecticide that repels a wide variety of insects including mosquitoes, ants, fleas, ticks, and more for up to four weeks.

Bug Protector®

Bug Protector®

Looking for an effective alternative to bug sprays laced with chemicals? Bug Protector® is DEET-free and contains no chemicals or synthetics. That’s the beauty of Bug Protector®! An all-natural spray that helps repel mosquitoes, gnats, and other biting insects with ingredients straight from nature; like scented geraniums, lemongrass and cinnamon. Grab one for home, for your next picnic, for your patio party, and enjoy the outdoors with your family!


As you can see, there are many safe and effective options to protect your home from mosquitoes. Stop by our store nearest you for all your mosquito control solutions! Now, get outdoors and enjoy the season!